Actor Victor Garber to tour imaging facilities at Robarts Research Institute

For big screen star, Victor Garber, Alzheimer’s disease hits very close to home in more than one way. Garber supported both of his parents through their struggles with Alzheimer’s disease and is now returning to his hometown of London and to Western University to get an up-close look at the research being done at the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry’s Robarts Research Institute to help better diagnose and treat this devastating disease.

Garber, whose acting career has earned him six Emmy and four Tony nominations, has been seen in some of the most memorable works of film, television and stage. As previously announced, Garber will be the special guest at the 2014 Leaders in Innovation Dinner on November 20th, which this year shines a light on the molecular basis of neurodegenerative disease like Alzheimer’s. Earlier in the day Garber will be touring the world-renowned imaging facilities at Robarts. Media is invited to join the tour and to interview Garber immediately afterwards.

When: Thursday, November 20, 2014, 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where: Robarts Research Institute, Western University, London, Ontario.

Please contact Crystal Mackay by Tuesday, November 18, if you plan to attend.

This will be the only opportunity to interview Garber during his visit. No photography, video or audio recording is permitted during Garber’s presentation in the evening.

The November 20th event will be emceed by Peter Mansbridge, chief correspondent for CBC News and anchor of The National, CBC Television’s flagship nightly newscast. The evening celebrates recent breakthroughs in solving the mysteries of these complex diseases and will include the presentation of the 2014 J. Allyn Taylor International Prize in Medicine to renowned Alzheimer’s researchers Drs. Virginia M.-Y. Lee and John Q. Trojanowski. Media are welcome to videotape and take photos during the presentation of the Taylor Prize, which is scheduled to take place at approximately 8 p.m. at the Best Western Plus Lamplighter Inn and Conference Centre, London, Ontario.

MEDIA CONTACT: Crystal Mackay, Media Relations Officer, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, Western University, t. 519.661.2111 ext. 80387, c. 519.777.1573,